In ‘shadow-boxing’ between Nepal and India, China gains influence

India has repeatedly said that the Madhesi agitation in Nepal's Terai is 'a political problem and needs a political solution'.

Written by Yubaraj Ghimire | New Delhi | Updated: November 3, 2015 4:56 pm

 

Nepal, Nepal crisis, Nepal fuel shortage, Nepal news, China Nepal, Nepal madhesi, Nepal fuel crisis While, the Nepal government has said clearly that the agitation and blockade of checkpoints by Madhesi leaders has the open support of India, it fears that the anti-China stance of the Madhesi leaders may further complicate problems in Nepal.

China has supplied approximately 1,000 metric tonnes of petroleum to Nepal in an attempt to rescue the nation, hit hard by shortages of fuel and other essential commodities for over a month now after India declared that its vehicles ferrying goods across the border into Nepal were not safe.

India has repeatedly said that the Madhesi agitation in Nepal’s Terai is ‘a political problem and needs a political solution’. Meanwhile, China has asserted that it would do everything to support Nepal’s ‘geographical integrity and sovereignty’. Such is the difference in approach of Nepal’s two immediate neighbours.

This is not the first Indian blockade but there has been a change in approach. In 1988-89 when the Rajiv Gandhi regime had imposed a blockade after Nepal decided to build a second highway to China, the latter had politely expressed its inability to send petroleum to Nepal when King Birendra had dispatched a team of his confidants with the request. This time the voluntary offer by China to supply fuel exhibits its growing interest in Nepal as India emerges in the public mind more as country ‘interfering’ in the internal affairs of the country – as in Terai.

Rajendra Mahato, a leader of the Madeshi movement has referred to China as ‘our enemy’ with his supporters burning the Chinese flag, something that China has not taken kindly. While, the Nepal government has said clearly that the agitation and blockade of checkpoints by Madhesi leaders has the open support of India, it fears that the anti-China stance of the Madhesi leaders may further complicate problems in Nepal.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to his Nepali counterpart K P Oli on Monday after an Indian was killed in firing by Nepal’s police along ‘No-Man’s land’ as Madhesi protestors tried to retake a bridge on the border. Soon after the incident, the Madhesi leaders who had held two rounds of talks on their demands for larger representation and autonomy announced that the talks had been called off. Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa heading the official talks said Nepal would be able to solve its problem without outside interference. However, eminent diplomat Bhekh Bahadur Thapa says it’s now increasingly becoming a case of shadow boxing’.

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App now

  1. B
    Blagoy
    Nov 4, 2015 at 7:43 am
    Actually we learned very well from Sri. Lanka. Madhesi-Newari dispute is your internal business. Please solve it on your own. Nothing ai dis can do if the transit roads are blocked within Nepal.
    Reply
    1. B
      Blagoy
      Nov 3, 2015 at 8:58 pm
      The solution is very simple - Nepal as an independent country is basically a failure. Therefore, Nepal can be divided between India and China - the Terai going to the former, the mountains north of Kathmandu can be outer-Tibet. The Newaris / Ranas etc. can continue to rule the valley as an autonomous province of China. Basically, Indians are sick of listening to the China bogey - they sent fuel so they are great, but when we send aid we are taking advantage. India and China have good trade relations, and we should continue to expand those. Let China provide aid to Nepal - India should have no issues.
      Reply
      1. B
        Blagoy
        Nov 4, 2015 at 7:40 am
        What is the BS I have posted? Nepalis are saying that they will trade with China - i am agreeing with that and wishing you well.
        Reply
        1. H
          Harry
          Nov 4, 2015 at 4:41 am
          Although this blockade gave lot of sufferings to Nepal people but as long as this continues, Nepal and China would get excuse to perform all the agreement and dealings with each other to subdtiyute Indian investors in Nepal. India can not stop the dealings because she is not responsible for blockade, madhesi agitators with her support are only responsible. Good chance for Nepal to refuce all Indian monopolies in Nepal. It would certainly harm to Indian investors . Nd Bihari immigrants too.
          Reply
          1. N
            Nepali
            Nov 4, 2015 at 12:40 am
            Nepal is a failure - well you tried with no luck. Still not learnt from failure in Sri Anka. India don't send fuel - we buy. India does not have to listen to any bogey - just obey international law India send aid - Nepal don't want any if you don't want to give. We believe in good relationships between every countries so good luck for relationship between India and China.
            Reply
            1. K
              kumar
              Nov 3, 2015 at 7:53 pm
              Despite India's largesse and billions of dollars in cash and in kind - atude of our Hindu brothers in Nepal against India is worse than our arch rival stan. All our neighbours are willing to play the "china" card as we are not playing our cards well. High time that India protects her interest both in the neighbourhood and far across the world with a steely resolve under PM Modi.
              Reply
              1. K
                ks
                Nov 10, 2015 at 12:41 pm
                Indians and dogs r not allowed. They are same if u go back ur slavery era of Britisher. Next you guy helped Nepal in this earth quake tume by providing 100 tents and ur si called bogus media. Nothing else you guy just did propaa. You learn just slavery from past and following slavery model.
                Reply
                1. K
                  Kicrows
                  Nov 3, 2015 at 9:17 pm
                  Go ahead and divide your kasmir, punjab, am etc; Do not try to create Tamil like LTTE in Nepal. Take care of your own backyard, Plain and simple, Back off, mind your own affairs.
                  Reply
                  1. K
                    Kicrows
                    Nov 3, 2015 at 8:29 pm
                    Indian nationals demonstrating in no mans land, SSB force encouraging indian nationals to protest, govt. of india making all excuses to impose blockade, migrant madhesi leaders receiving direct istance from Indian Govt. show the true color and its cruel intentions towards the helpless neighbor recovering from a mive earthquake. Nepal should stop the open border with the derogatory atude of this evil/corrupt neighbor and open up trade and commerce with the northern neighbor to progress. Back of India.
                    Reply
                    1. R
                      Rajkrishna
                      Nov 5, 2015 at 8:49 am
                      It is only for Bihar election but created non the less suffering for bordering bihari potion. Indian people are great. But stupid babus in South Block are still ignorant what a blessing this have been for Nepal to get out of India's grip. IT IS TIME TO END OPEN BORDERS AND START VISA SYSTEM BETWEEN BOTH COUNTRY.
                      Reply
                      1. i
                        ibiubu111
                        Nov 3, 2015 at 11:31 pm
                        Hi... have no fear. India will be carved out into four more countries before too long. One for the Sikhs in Punjab, one for the Tribals in the NE and TWO for the Muslims, one in Kashmir and one in the south, maybe Kerala and Tamil Nadu together. So India would be pre-occupied saving its azz.
                        Reply
                        1. N
                          nits
                          Nov 4, 2015 at 12:26 am
                          Are you sure you have backed off or should the British come back and slave discipline you for another century? Stop posting BS in your newspapers first.
                          Reply
                          1. N
                            nits
                            Nov 4, 2015 at 12:27 am
                            Go and check your debt in World Bank.
                            Reply
                            1. R
                              Rajan
                              Nov 3, 2015 at 8:20 pm
                              I meant that i hope that the indian establishment heeds to the message trying to be delivered by this article - that nepal should be left to decide its fate on its own!!
                              Reply
                              1. R
                                Rajan
                                Nov 3, 2015 at 6:34 pm
                                Just hope the indian establishment reads and heeds ur well intended coberage on the nepalese issue
                                Reply
                                1. S
                                  Saroj
                                  Nov 3, 2015 at 7:23 pm
                                  Mr ghimire, reports says that he died well within nepal boundary and you are saying that he was killed in no man's land? It is reporter like you who confuse and mislead people. Be a real reporter and stop giving biased report.
                                  Reply
                                  1. Load More Comments